About Dr. Tae Yun Kim
- Chairman & CEO, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
- Chairman & CEO, NorthStar Productions, LLC
- Chairman & CEO, Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy
- Chairman & CEO, TYK Fashions
- Founder, TYK Foundation
Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions was founded in 1982 as a contract-engineering firm. Lighthouse initially developed custom software solutions and applications for large corporations in real estate, construction and internal operation management markets. In 1989, one of the leading computer disk drive manufacturers in the world contracted Lighthouse to develop the first Windows-based contamination monitoring system for cleanroom applications. Within a few years, Lighthouse became the leader in the contamination control monitoring industry.
In 2001, with markets shrinking, customers freezing spending, and the outlook on the global economy very gloomy, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions faced an even greater obstacle: they could no longer buy their core product. That’s when Dr. Tae Yun Kim, CEO, made a radical decision that transformed Lighthouse into a totally new company.
Lighthouse is in the very high-tech business of contamination control – monitoring the ultra-clean environments needed to manufacture semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and other extremely sensitive products. After 12 years, Lighthouse was the leading seller of monitoring systems in the world. But the sophisticated sensors that Lighthouse sold with their systems were made by other companies; in 2001, those sensors were no longer available. Facing options of either severe cutbacks or closing down, Dr. Tae Yun Kim chose instead to face the challenge head-on, and created a new business model, transforming Lighthouse from a sensor reseller to a sensor manufacturer. And not willing to settle for second-rate products, Dr. Tae Yun Kim was committed to making the very best sensors in the world. The normal development cycle for established companies in this industry is 2-3 years for a single product. Lighthouse had no experience with the technology, and needed to develop an entire product line in only 12 months.
But Dr. Tae Yun Kim is no stranger to impossible obstacles. She faced and overcame tremendous odds throughout her life, from triumphing over ostracism by her family and society to breaking 5000 years of male-dominated tradition in order to become the first ever female Grandmaster in the Korean martial arts. Using her motto, “He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!”as a springboard for motivating her employees, Dr. Tae Yun Kim brought everyone together as a strong team. She worked with each employee personally to make sure that everyone had what s/he needed to succeed, and she motivated everyone to stay focused and not give up, no matter what.
Instead of letting the economy slow Lighthouse down, Dr. Tae Yun Kim took advantage of it. When competitors cut back on R&D and laid off their best people, Lighthouse hired the best of those people, and for the first time in their careers gave them a stake in the company and a voice in the product design. While competitors closed offices and slowed production, Lighthouse invested in brand new manufacturing facilities and built a new world-wide distributor network. While other companies cut back on training, Lighthouse sent engineers back to school to learn state-of-the-art technologies for the new products. The results of this effort have transformed Lighthouse and shaken the industry. The first products shipped in less than a year; More than 40 new products were developed in less than 2 years. More are on the way – including a unique new product line that the competitors all claimed was impossible. With Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s energy and vision, Lighthouse is constantly embracing change to build new levels of success.
NorthStar Productions, LLC
Through many different communication channels, NorthStar Productions shares the “He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!” philosphy of Dr. Tae Yun Kim as well as her teachings on how to succeed in the modern day world. NorthStar was founded as a way to reach people all over the world through the distribution of motivational and inspiring products, information and services. Dr. Tae Yun Kim gives motivational lectures and seminars, does TV and radio appearances, is featured in magazines and newspapers and has created a line of products that help you to reach inside yourself and discover who you are. The NorthStar is the inspirational star that helps guide you in your life. Our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to help you in your daily life.
Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy
Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy is dedicated to serving our community and developing leaders. It is a place where students can come to focus on themselves.
Every day, we each serve so many different roles: mother, father, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, boss, employee, chef, janitor, chauffeur… how often do you take time to take care of yourself?
When you come to Jung SuWon, you are free to shed the roles & titles that you carry so that you can focus on your own health & well-being, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well.
Jung SuWon, literally translated, means “uniting body, mind, and spirit in total harmony.”
The martial art of Jung SuWon was founded by Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim and is a Korean martial art. Physically, it resembles the martial arts of Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do. Jung SuWon was officially created as a unique martial art style in 1989.
The focus of Jung SuWon is on utilizing the whole body, mind and spirit in every technique, form, and sparring situation. What this means is, as a student executes physical techniques, we emphasize maintaining a mental focus as well as bringing up your energy in order to fully execute the technique. It’s not just about punching and kicking. Where is your mind as you perform the techniques? Where is your spirit? Are you thinking about the difficult time you had at work during the day? Are you thinking about the problems you are having with your girlfriend or boyfriend?
As you perform the physical techniques, you bring your body, mind and spirit together. As we learn to do this on the dojang floor, we learn to carry this to our daily lives.
When your mind is not with your body, then you are not living fully and completely. Imagine what you could do if you bring your body, mind and spirit together as one!